17 March 2020

Covid-19 Updates

June 8th, 2020 Update: Introducing Phase: 2 Cautious. Beginning Thursday, June 11th, we will be open by appointment only. Moving forward, for now, appointments will be booked on the hour from 11a-4p Tuesday-Saturday and will be 45 minutes in length--allowing us to clean and prepare between guests. An 'appointment' can accommodate one person or a party of two. Please book your appointment. 
House Rules:
Wear a mask.
Stay 6ft apart.
When you enter, we’ll ask to squirt some hand-sanitizer on your hands before you get going.
Do not arrive wearing gloves. We will ask you to remove them and if you really want to wear gloves whilst shopping, we can provide a pair for you.
We are not accepting cash at this time. Please bring a debit card, credit card, or apply pay.
Please do not bring your own shopping bag. We will provide that if necessary. 

For those of you who do not feel comfortable entering our shop just yet, we will continue to offer shipping and curbside pick-up. We continue to ship on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Los Poblanos hand sanitizer available here.


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

After much consideration for the safety of our staff and that of our community, we have decided to close our bricks and mortar shop until further notice. Our online shops, Pod and Shop Fog Linen will continue to operate.

Having run this business through the tragedy of 9/11 and the financial crisis of 2008, my observation is  that during a time like this, a shop like ours provides a moment of peaceful escape, a respite from anxious thinking, and simply, an opportunity to engage in 'normal' activities. Familiarity of place, voice, and even shop 'smell'-- it can be a tiny, calming antidote. Aside from the financial ramifications that this decision will surely bring, it is the interruption of this very un-defined emotional service that I find most troubling. In good conscious though, I cannot encourage my employees or our faithful clients to gather at Pod right now. The shop is so sanitized and sparkling with wonderful new items for Spring that we're eager to share with you, but for today, social distancing is the name of the game. We all need to hop on board.

Because we are still running our online venues, I will be at the shop periodically. If there's something you need (like soap-it works!), email: info@shop-pod.com, or DM us via Instagram. We'll figure it out. We can ship and local deliveries are possible too. Thank you for your understanding and stay healthy!
All of us look forward to seeing you on the other side. 

With gratitude,

20 February 2020

CulteDesign + High Handing Mending Co at Pod: Saturday, Feb. 29th, 11a-5p

We've got a super duet lined up for you Saturday, Feb. 29th. Eve Belfer-Ahern from CulteDesign will be here with a very tight collection of vintage clothing and accessories selected just for Pod. And, you know her from our Manimal Moccasins, and embroidery pop-up's--Kristen Lombardi of High Hand Mending Co. Bring your mends! Kristen will be taking jobs and needling away on-site all-day.

How long have you been doing CulteDesign? 
Since I got let go from Mohr & McPherson in Dec.2017. I started the very next day at SoWa! It was too easy a transition as I've been a lifelong collector and fashion fan. Now I'm at the SoWa Vintage Market every Sunday 10a-4:30p year-round and on First Fridays ( the gallery focused tradition in the South End). 
You're the front-woman for Fur Purse. Can you tell us about that?
Yes! I'm vocal, keys, and sax. It's my first band but the drummer and guitarist are lifelong players. We all met up during the early days of Girls Rock Campaign and then at Boston Ladies Rock Camp where I conquered my fear of creating music. I guess we often get compared to post-punk-art-rock bands. We do what we want. I'll also be singing with a new band BICKER.
Boston Native?
Yes! Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline through high-school, then 20 years in Jamaica Plain. 
Any era of vintage that you're really vibing with lately?
Oh geeze, I have too much to say. I've been buying and working in vintage since high school. Right now, I'm finding great 80's and 90's and military that have a very modern feel. I love proportions, silhouettes, and fabrics. A detail that makes something special, cuts that evoke a passion for design and ease of wear. And, I will always love anything with a rock 'n roll or avant-garde vibe.
What can we look forward to at Pod on Sunday?
It will be a tightly curated selection of military. Military is amazing because of the quality of the fabric, construction, and it's always in style and unisex! Also a Spring collection of fun prints and florals in easy silhouettes and fabrics. I tried to channel all the reasons I love Pod when I was pulling from my collection. Hopefully it will come across.

You're the creative force at Manimal Moccasins, how did HHM Co. develop from this?
The idea of High Hand Mending Co. really feels like it predates Manimal. I was always a sewer, designer, lover of vintage--first, second, and third. Leather working feels like a happy detour.
New Englander?
I'm from a small town in Rhode Island--brought up in my mama's sewing room arguing with her about how to sew seams. She is seamstress with here own business and my first ( and current) teacher. As a teenager, she also lovingly drove me to vintage clothing warehouses in Providence and to Hubba Hubba for studs and spikes to bedazzle the backpack I carried at my all-girls Catholic High School.
Where has your needle and thread landed you?
My first job out of college was at a vintage clothing shop on Newbury St. and Harvard Square where I repaired some clothing to be sold and I re-worked other items into new ideas and pieces. I've worked on product development and tailoring for Bode, Converse, Levi's Lot 1, Levi's Vintage Clothing, Puma, and individual clients. Presently, I'm also teaching courses at Mass College of Art & Design ( my alma mater) in Creative Fashion and Accessory Design. 
Any particular vintage era you are gah-gah for?
Love to my bones vintage in general-all eras. I particularly love to see how production methods and styles change over time from 'hand-made' to more mechanized processes. During my time at Levi's, I really got to explore and dig into my love for vintage clothing in a more technical way. I love to observe production practices by deconstructing vintage garments and I have always believed that investing in things you love is meaningful and important.
What types of mending work can folks bring to you on the 29th?
All mends are welcome. Collar turning, sleeve tears, moth holes, denim rips and worn-outs. Bring out your mends!

05 February 2020

Chocolats et Vin: Thursday Feb. 13th, 5-7p

Friends! Neighbors! It's going to be a chocolate and wine kind of evening at Pod on Thursday February 13th, 5-7p. We're excited to bring back Kim Park of The Wine and Cheese Cask for a Winter red tasting. So lovely and supremely knowledgable, Kim will be bringing over a few of her favorites this season and she'll be sure to let you know why. There will be a 10% discount extended on any bottles pre-ordered at this event. THEN, if she's not already on your radar, we'd love to introduce you to Alexandra Whisnant of gâté comme des filles. For the last seven years, Alexandra has been making her divine, hand-made chocolate bonbons in Paris, San Francisco, and now right next door in Somerville. People, I don't know if you fully realize just how lucky you are. Come and meet Alexandra. She'll be offering a tasting and, boxes of these freshly-made tiny wonders on hand for sale. Valentines, Galentines, Palentines, Shmalentines--call it what you will.  We'll call it a good time and hope you can swing by.